OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/23/14

Boil, boil!

In case you missed the news today, Portland is under a boil water order. You should not drink your tapwater without boiling or treating it, due to an e. coli contamination of a reservoir.

News from the Water Bureau: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/water/boil/
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Now, your neighborhood-ish news

1) Get ready for the Intersection Repair Party! (5/31)
2) More Village Building in Overlook (5/24-5/31)
3) Street Fee Now Called TUF
4) Tickets for Parking the ‘Wrong Way’ are $50
5) Beach School Community Fundraiser (5/30)
6) A Healthier Neighborhood for All!
7) Sidewalk Cafe Notification (deadline 6/6)
8) OKNA Meeting Land Use Resource Recap
9) New Neighborhood Farmers Market
10) North Portland PSAC This Week (5/28)

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1) Get ready for the Intersection Repair Party! (5/31)

Join neighbors next Saturday 5/31 for street mural and planter box repainting, food, drinks and fun at the intersection as part of the Village Building Convergence (VBC). Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org if you would like to play music, have an idea for a booth, kid’s activity, or anything else you think will add to the day! Neighbor Ken is bringing Kenny & Zuke’s famous pastrami, and we’re asking neighbors to bring a veggie dish to share. Our awesome Engine 24 Firefighting crew will have rinsed the intersection, so we’ll get right to the painting! Bring a paintbrush if you can. Come early, stay late – we’re going to have a good time… Join us!

Saturday, May 31, 2014, 9 am to 4 pm
N. Concord Ave. and N. Failing St. 97227

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2) More Village Building in Overlook (5/24-5/31)

The Attunement Center has several days of activities planned as a part of the VBC (Village Building Convergence, May 23 – June 1, www.cityrepair.org)

We will be starting every day at 11am and ending at 5pm. Specific workshop offerings are listed below with times! Lunch will be served at 1pm and is being generously sponsored by Cha Cha Cha Taqueria!
Details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/772415972803107

Site Description:
Attunement Center is an urban permaculture homestead guesthaus that hosts sustainably minded travelers with the intention of inspiring guests to take home new ideas and living practices from their experience here. The landscape is all edible and medicinal, complete with a flock of eleven chickens and colony of honey bees.
We are bringing the community together over topics of sustainability providing a central neighborhood learning site by creating a space to get hands on experience gardening with perennials, medicinals, mycelium, chickens, bees, worms, composting, sheet mulching, natural building, water management, permaculture and food preservation. Come by and experience the last two years VBC projects; chicken coop/ greenhouse bio-shelter with eco roof utilizing salvage materials + natural building, hugelkultured food forest mandala garden, and flow form pond incorporating edible plants for filtration.
This year’s main project will be to break ground on the off-grid outdoor community kitchen patio, with the hopes of building a wood fired barrel cob oven later this summer! We will be building a few off-grid kitchen elements utilizing appropriate technologies including an herb drying rack, solar oven, evaporative cooling refrigeration device (pot in pot) and grey water re-use sink. There will be an awesome solar dehydrator on hand designed by Jenny Pell to check out and potentially utilize as well (if the weather permits!). In the garden we will build an insect habitat hotel to bring more beneficial insects into the space.

Attunement Center
Address: 1732 N. Blandena St.
Contact: Joelle Budinich guesthaus@attunementcenter.com
503.548.8250 (text only!)
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3) Street Fee Now Called TUF

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat proposed a Transportation User Fee today to help address longstanding street maintenance and safety needs.

This news has been quite controversial and has drawn comment from businesspeople and individuals. The fee is estimated to be +$140/year per household.

Find a round up of information at the Oregonian: http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2014/05/portland_street_fee_would_cost.html or your favorite news site and contact your commissioners if you feel so moved.

Drop them a note or give them a call:
Portland City Council Members
Mayor Charlie Hales
(503) 823-4120
mayorcharliehales@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Amanda Fritz
Phone: (503) 823-3008
Amanda@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Steve Novick
(503)-823-4019
novick@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Dan Saltzman
(503) 823-4151
dan@portlandoregon.gov
Commissioner Nick Fish
(503) 823-3589
nick@portlandoregon.gov

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4) Tickets for Parking the ‘Wrong Way’ are $50

Word on the social media sites is that Overlook neighbors have been receiving parking tickets for parking the wrong direction on the street. While we’ve all seen someone who does this, it’s actually not allowed and the $50 fine might be painful for you. And yes, this is a real thing:

16.20.110 Generally.
B. No person may park or stop a vehicle other than in the direction of traffic.
https://www.portlandonline.com/Auditor/Index.cfm?&c=28591#cid_16039

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5) Beach School Community Fundraiser (5/30)

Beach School PTA Community Auction is a week away – May 30th at 5:30 pm. We have lots of awesome items procured from very generous neighborhood businesses! If you have preschool children and want to check out Beach, this is a great opportunity. Check out the details on this poster; there are some great items available and the ‘auction’ is in ‘buy it now’ format! http://tinyurl.com/qb2pge4

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6) A Healthier Neighborhood for All!

Next month the Pesticide Free Overlook project will hit the one year mark. Help us get 500 pesticide-free yards by June 30! We have 170 to go.

- Take the Healthy Lawn and Garden pledge at: http://sustainableoverlook.org/pesticide-free-overlook/

- Hang your Lady bug sign where people will see it.

- Ask 2 neighbors (or your whole block) to sign up. It’s free, and it’s the right thing to do for our kids, pets, water and planet. Plus you’ll get coupons from Metro, a cute lady bug yard sign and lots of natural gardening info.

Get involved! Email: sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

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7) Sidewalk Cafe Notification (deadline 6/6)

RE: Alibi Restaurant, 4024 N Interstate
The business listed above currently has a Full On-Premises Liquor License. They are now applying for permission to extend their privileges to a Sidewalk Cafe, containing 4 tables, directly in front of the restaurant. The hours of outdoor operation would be 11 AM to 8 PM, seven days per week.
If you wish to provide the Commission with factual information concerning whether there is a basis to grant or deny this license under the OLCC’s licensing standards, please write me at the following address:
OLCC
Eric Hildebrand, License Investigator
P.O. Box 22297
Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297
If you have any questions, please call me at (503) 872-5197.  Please respond to this letter within 14 days of this letter’s date so that we can process this application in a timely manner.  We will share your information with the applicant, make it a part of the public record and consider it when making a final decision.

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8) OKNA Meeting Land Use Resource Recap

Thank you to all who attended the monthly OKNA meeting this past Tuesday 5/20. Based on the spirited discussion, it sounds like several people are interested in learning about land use rules and zoning in North Portland and may be interested in representing Overlook’s interests on the Land Use Committee. As promised, here are some upcoming workshops, trainings and informational forums where you can learn more. You can also contact the OKNA board at info@OverlookNeighborhood.org to connect with the Land Use Chair or ask questions.

If you missed this meeting, plan on attending future meetings on the third Tuesday of the month Join your neighbors to catch up on the latest happenings in Overlook and find out how you can get involved.

“ABC’s of Land Use” Workshop
Thursday, June 5, 2014

5:30 p.m. – gather and eat
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. — workshop

North Portland Neighborhood Services
Historic Kenton Fire House
8105 N. Brandon Ave.
Portland, OR 97217

Learn the basics of how the City of Portland’s land use and development review processes work. Get hands-on experience with a land use review case study, including review of a development proposal and site plan, identification of relevant issues, and effective ways to respond to the approval criteria.

Introduction by Meegan Watts, chair of the Kenton Neighborhood Association and Mary Jaron Kelley, North Portland Neighborhood Services. Presented by John Cole and Leslie Lum, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, and Paul Leistner, Office of Neighborhood Involvement.

Dinner and Refreshments will be provided. Workshop is free. Pre-registration is required. Space is limited to 30 people. REGISTER ONLINE (CLICK HERE)

Who should attend:
- Neighborhood and Business Association land use activists
- Anyone thinking about getting more active with their Association’s land use committees
- Anyone interested in general City-related land use decision-making processes

What you will learn:
- What does it mean to be a neighborhood land use chairperson?
- Overview of the State, Metro, and City land use planning framework
- The Planning Bureau’s District Liaison Program
- The Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Code
- How to access and read Zoning Maps
- What is a Land Use Review and how it differs from a building permit
- Comparison of the Land Review Processes: Type I, II, IIX, and III
- How to read and respond to a Land Use Review Notice
- Perspectives of an experienced Neighborhood Representative
- The Appeal Process

For more information, or for help registering, please contact:
Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-4099 or mary@npnscommunity.org; or
Paul Leistner at 503-823-5284 or paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov .

Co-Sponsored by: North Portland Neighborhood Services, City of Portland Office of Neighborhood Involvement, and City of Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability.

Demolition/Infill/Affordability

What is driving demolition, residential infill and housing affordability in Portland Neighborhoods? Connect with neighbors, City bureau staff, housing advocates and home builders on these issues on Thursday, June 11, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Concordia University. More details at http://conta.cc/1lH6ugf

Serve on the BDS citizen Adjustment Committee

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee.

The Adjustment Committee considers in a public hearing setting appeals of Type II Adjustment decisions rendered by Bureau of Development Services staff. Adjustments are requests to modify the development standards of the Portland Zoning Code (Title 33). The Adjustment Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, if necessary, during normal business hours. Each meeting typically lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours.

Committee members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The terms shall be a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms. The Committee consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development.

For more information about the Adjustment Committee, you may contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov.

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9) New Neighborhood Farmers Market:
Mississipi Farmers Market Opening June 12th

We are excited to announce the opening of the Mississippi Farmers Market, located in the Historic Mississippi District in North Portland. Our market features small Portland businesses with a commitment to organic and sustainable practices.
Vendors include local farms, flower growers, fresh bread, artisanal cheeses, apothecary items, home made baby food, fresh tamales and so much more.

THURSDAYS
Dates: June 12th – October 16th
Time: 3pm-7pm
Location: Lot 13 on the corner of N Shaver and N Mississippi
Website: MississippiFarmersMarketPDX.tumblr.com

10) North Portland PSAC This Week (5/28)

Join North Portland neighbors, law enforcement, city personnel and others who can help you with your public safety and crime prevention efforts. Fourth Wednesday of every month at the Kenton Firehouse. Free pizza!

Date: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Historic Kenton Firehouse (2209 N Schofield – across from the post office)

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/16/14

Find OKNA on Facebook: www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX or visit our website for FAQs: www.OverlookNeighborhood.org

1) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting

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1) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting

Tuesday, May 20, 2014
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kaiser Town Hall Building, 3704 N Interstate Ave (at Overlook Blvd)

The third Tuesday of the month, join your neighbors to catch up on the latest happenings in Overlook and find out how you can get involved.
On the May Agenda:
7:00pm: Introduction and ground rules
7:15pm: Carrie Strickland, Works Partnership Architecture
(2730 N Killingsworth St Mixed Use Building)
7:40pm: Safety Report (if applicable)
7:50pm: NAOBF North American Organic Brewers Festival
8:10pm: Leslie Lum, Urban Designer/North Portland District Liaison for Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
8:30pm: Old & New Business
9:00pm: Close Meeting

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/09/14

The post o’ the week on the OKNA Facebook page got a lot of response and feedback. The topic? A story from the Portland Business Journal last month headlined
No house for you! Overlook is out of stock
Portland’s tight housing market just got a whole lot tighter in the city’s smallest zip code.

Come on over and ‘like’ OKNAinPDX and see what you have to add to the story about the shortage of houses available in Overlook. https://www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

1) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
2) Beach School Volunteer Call
3) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)
4) Traffic Advisory for N Vancouver Ave (5/12-6/27)
5) Employment & Transportation on the Central Eastside (5/21)
6) 14th annual Village Building Convergence May 23 to June 1st, 2014
7) Land Use Activism Training (6/5)

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1) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
Spring has sprung – and it’s almost Mothers’ Day!  There’s no better way to celebrate than by planting Northwest native plants in your garden and yard. And there’s no better place to buy those plants than at the 2nd Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) on Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm in the 3900 block of  N. Overlook Terrace.  Native plants thrive in our neighborhood and provide excellent habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife.  FOOB will have wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and ground covers – all grown by Bosky Dell Nursery – including trillium, Oregon grape, evergreen huckleberry, meadow foam, a variety of ferns, and much more.  For more information on Friends of Overlook Bluff, or to volunteer at a FOOB event, please go to www.overlookbluff.org or contact FOOB at friendsofoverlookbluff@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 10, 10 am -2 pm – Overlook Bluff

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2) Beach School Volunteer Call

We have some volunteer opportunities at Beach School through the end of the school year. If you are interested in helping, even for a few hours, please contact Lori at lorettl4@yahoo.com

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3) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)

Would you like to share your garden with neighbors and help spread the word about natural gardening? Is there a yard in the neighborhood that you’ve always wanted to check out? Sustainable Overlook’s 3rd annual garden tour is seeking nominations for the June 28th event. Nominate your neighbor (or yourself!) by sending the address and contact information (if you have it) to sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org by May 10th.

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4) Traffic Advisory for N Vancouver Ave (5/12-6/27)

Paving to close lanes on N. Vancouver Avenue from May 12 to June 27; minor delays expected for vehicle and bicycle travel

The lane closures will affect vehicle and bicycle travel and may be intermittent for all hours and all days.  The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. The traffic control plan will require the bicycle lane to become a shared automobile and bicycle lane at times.  On-street parking will be prohibited within the work zone to facilitate the work.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided. The work schedule may change depending on weather.

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5) Employment & Transportation on the Central Eastside (5/21)

Wednesday, May 21, 6:00-8:00pm
Lucky Lab N Portland, 1700 N Killingsworth St., Portland

The Central Eastside of Portland has experienced some drastic changes in the past few years. New apartment developments and the streetcar have fueled changing demographics in the industrial sanctuary. Recent controversies over parking and transportation mode choice have highlighted the relationship between transportation infrastructure and economic development. The alignment of transportation options and zoning for real estate use will shape the future of this significant economic cluster.

Please join the City Club Member Led Forum on Transportation for a discussion with civic leaders Grant Morehead, Rob Sadowsky, and Peter Stark. Grant Morehead is the staff lead at the Portland Bureau of Transportation for the Southeast Quadrant Plan. Rob Sadowsky is the Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Peter Stark is an accomplished architect and Executive Director of the Central Eastside Industrial Council’s Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee. This event is free to attend, click here to let us know you’re coming!
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6) 14th annual Village Building Convergence May 23 to June 1st, 2014

vbc.cityrepair.org

Calling all Community Builders! Ready to Re-Village the city? Then come to VBC14!  The Village Building Convergence is a 10-day place making and urban permaculture festival that transforms Portland, Oregon every year. Also known as the VBC, this event leaves a permanent, sustainable impact all across the city.

During the 10 days of the VBC, nearly 40 communities all cross the city will be working to build a fabulous spectrum of community gathering places. From many new street piazza’s in underserved neighborhoods, to the most ecological forms of building and construction, we will retrofit our neighborhoods so that they become stronger, more resilient places where people walk and build their talk! Then, at the end of the day these same communities will gather at a central village venue that will rock with community-scale, local & organic meals, workshops, speakers, and music!

Overlook’s VBC project is the Intersection Repair at N Concord & Overlook Blvd; come to the party! The intersection repair party is coming up on May 31 and there are lots of ways to get involved. Sustainable Overlook is looking for folks to help out in advance and on that day at the paint station, kid’s area and with set-up/clean-up. There is still space for booths for neighborhood business, artists or organizations (there is no fee) and we’re looking for two more band/musicians to play. Or just bring your paintbrush and your friends and come have fun! Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org
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7) Land Use Activism Training (6/5)

A few spaces still are available for the ABCs of Land Use Workshop on:

DATE:            Thursday, June 5, 2014
TIME:            6 to 9 p.m.
PLACE:   Historic Kenton Fire House in north Portland  (8105 N. Brandon Ave).

This is a great training opportunity for neighborhood activists who want to learn how to engage effectively on land use planning and development issues and projects that affect their neighborhood.

Register online at:  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/index.cfm?&cftoken=4fb4b6a86fed5ccc%2D055BD48A%2DB66D%2DFFBB%2D654857D58F67AEE1&c=64901&cfid=36469637 (You will need to sign in to “Portland Online” to register.)

See the workshop announcement below for details.

For more information, contact: Mary Jaron Kelley at 503-823-4099 or mary@npnscommunity.org; or Paul Leistner at 503-823-5284 or paul.leistner@portlandoregon.gov .

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 05/02/14

1) Help out at the Party at the Intersection!
2) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)
3) Infill Demolition…Call to Action! (5/6)
4) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
5) Liquor License Application (5/23 deadline)
6) Neighborhood-Specific Social Media
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1) Help out at the Party at the Intersection!

The intersection repair party is coming up on May 31 and there are lots of ways to get involved. Sustainable Overlook is looking for folks to help out in advance and on that day at the paint station, kid’s area and with set-up/clean-up. There is still space for booths for neighborhood business, artists or organizations (there is no fee) and we’re looking for two more band/musicians to play. Or just bring your paintbrush and your friends and come have fun! Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org

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2) How does your Garden Grow? (5/10 deadline)

Would you like to share your garden with neighbors and help spread the word about natural gardening? Is there a yard in the neighborhood that you’ve always wanted to check out? Sustainable Overlook’s 3rd annual garden tour is seeking nominations for the June 28th event. Nominate your neighbor (or yourself!) by sending the address and contact information (if you have it) to sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org by May 10th. 

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3) Infill Demolition…Call to Action! (5/6)
Are you concerned about developers who build whatever brings in the most profit, seemingly without regard to the heritage and character of the homes they destroy?
Beaumont -Wilshire Neighborhood Association (BWNA) is hosting a citywide all-neighborhood meeting to discuss this issue and changes that can be made within the city building codes to bring about a more responsible approach to neighborhood development.

May 6, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Central NE Neighbors, 4415 NE 87th Avenue

BWNA is currently in the process of researching what other cities have done to mitigate the problem of runaway infill development and is hoping to be able to unite with other neighborhood associations in the presentation of a joint proposal of options for consideration by Mayor Hales and the City Council.
We hope you are interested in participating. Please RSVP with the name of a representative from your neighborhood association to Alison Stoll at alisons@cnncoalition.org or 503-823-3156.

If you plan to attend and want to represent Overlook, please touch base with OKNA at info @ OverlookNeighborhood.org

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4) Native Plant Sale (5/10)
Spring has sprung – and it’s almost Mothers’ Day!  There’s no better way to celebrate than by planting Northwest native plants in your garden and yard. And there’s no better place to buy those plants than at the 2nd Annual Native Plant Sale sponsored by Friends of Overlook Bluff (FOOB) on Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm in the 3900 block of  N. Overlook Terrace.  Native plants thrive in our neighborhood and provide excellent habitat for insects, birds, and other wildlife.  FOOB will have wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, and ground covers – all grown by Bosky Dell Nursery – including trillium, Oregon grape, evergreen huckleberry, meadow foam, a variety of ferns, and much more.  For more information on Friends of Overlook Bluff, or to volunteer at a FOOB event, please go to www.overlookbluff.org or contact FOOB at friendsofoverlookbluff@gmail.com.

Saturday, May 10, 10 am -2 pm – Overlook Bluff
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5) Liquor License Application (5/23 deadline)

The following application was received this week. Atomic Pizza is an already-licensed restaurant moving to a new space one block away, requiring a new liquor license.

Neighborhood Association: OVERLOOK
Business Name: ATOMIC PIZZA
Business Address: 1936 N KILLINGSWORTH
Type of License: NO/LOP/OPS
Business Association: INTERSTATE CORRIDOR
Comments Due: 5/23/2014

If you wish to comment please contact City of Portland Liquor License Notification Program. Attn: Theresa Marchetti
By mail to: 1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110 , Portland OR 97204
By fax to: 503-823-3050
By email to: theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov

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6) Neighborhood-Specific Social Media
NextDoor is a social media site that requires registration and your physical address, but posts are private to outside viewers. It’s really been catching on around town, especially lately in Overlook.

If you would prefer an interactive but private place to share items for sale, service referrals or to discuss neighborhood topics (IE there is a crime and safety section) it might be the solution for you. Posts include missing pets, items for free or sale, crime/safety alerts & concerns and more.
If you would like to join the Overlook community there, you may use this invite link: https://nextdoor.com/invite/3f8727fd2b7e9ecc0ad5

OKNA is not officially represented there and does not run the group.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/25/14

 

1) Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-up (4/26)

2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

3) Repair Café at Kenton Firehouse (5/1)

4) Liquor Licensing Forum (5/7)

5) BDS Citizen Adjustment Committee (5/12)

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1) Earth Day Neighborhood Clean-up (4/26)

Join your Overlook neighbors for a secure shredding event tomorrow, April 26.

Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver

Time: 10am-2pm

Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes

Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding

ALSO, Arbor Lodge and Kenton neighborhoods have teamed up to hold a big collection and you’re welcome to pitch your stuff in too.

Saturday April 26th, 10am-2pm

Parking lot at N Delaware and N Farragut (7654 N Delaware Ave)

Requested donation of $10/vehicle

Instead of taking bulky items (old couches, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood) to the dump, bring them just a few blocks from your house! Money raised at the clean-up will help pay for Arbor Lodge’s Movies in the Park, and trash cans to Denver Ave. We provide the dumpsters and volunteers to help you unload.

Items we accept: Household junk, reusable building materials, metal and tires, reusable clothing and furniture for free swap pile, styrofoam, rigid and peanuts, E-waste (anything with a cord or battery) but no fluids, fuels, or bio-hazards.

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2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

The annual April campus cleanups have arrived; pitch in and make your local school beautiful for the spring!

Beach School cleanup Saturday, April 26 from 10-12. Bring a tool you want to use and get a donut! Everyone is welcome.

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3) Repair Café at Kenton Firehouse (5/1)

Thursday May 1st the North Portland Tool Library is hosting a Repair Cafe at the Historic Kenton Firehouse, 2209 N Schofield St,Portland OR 97217 from 6pm to 9pm.   

There are many exciting repair folks coming!!   What can we fix?

Clothes and linens (pants,shirts,dresses etc)

Small appliances (Vacuums, lights, food chopper etc)

Bike: (tune up and diagnosis)

Speaker and Amp’s

Jewelry (broken or missing clamps, hooks, eye rings and more)

Handyman:  Need to get some gadget working again?

Leather:   (Shoes and belts and more)

Don’t see what you need to fix your stuff, bring it by anyway with this much fixit knowledge and determination you might just find someone who can help you out.

Suggested $5.00 Donation but no one will be turned away.

Please register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/may-day-repair-cafe-tickets-11061730935

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4) Liquor Licensing Forum (5/7)

The City of Portland’s Liquor Licensing Program will be hosting a public forum on City of Portland liquor licensing and alcohol policy.

  • Learn about problem solving strategies with liquor license locations
  • Understand the policies of the City of Portland Liquor Licensing Program
  • Inform City Staff of concerns related to alcohol and the direction you would like to see the City go

WHERE:    Portland Community College CLIMB Center, 1626 SE Water Avenue
WHEN:    May 7, 2014, 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Lot parking costs $5 at this location. Vouchers for parking will be available at the CLIMB center’s front desk.

We hope you can join us! This is the second in a series of Public Forums that will be hosted around the City and is free and open to all community members citywide.

*** RSVP BY CALLING 503-823-4520 OR EMAIL patrick.owen@portlandoregon.gov ***

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5) BDS Citizen Adjustment Committee (5/12)

The Bureau of Development Services has announced a search for interested citizens to fill two vacancies on the City of Portland Adjustment Committee. 

The Adjustment Committee considers in a public hearing setting appeals of Type II Adjustment decisions rendered by Bureau of Development Services staff. Adjustments are requests to modify the development standards of the Portland Zoning Code (Title 33). The Adjustment Committee meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month, if necessary, during normal business hours. Each meeting typically lasts approximately 2 to 3 hours. 

Committee members serve four-year terms and may be re-appointed. The terms shall be a maximum of four years with a maximum of two full terms. The Committee consists of seven members, none of whom may hold public elective office. The Committee must include three persons representing the public at large; two members in urban design, architecture, or landscape architecture; and two members experienced in engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development. 

There is currently one vacant position that must be filled by an individual representing the category of “engineering, financing, construction, building management or land development.” Beginning June 30, 2014, there will be an additional vacant position that must be filled by an individual representing the category of “public at large.” 

Application forms should be submitted by May 12, 2014, to the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, with a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest, background and experience, or a resume. The application form can be accessed at the following link: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/oni/article/72406. 

For more information about the Adjustment Committee, you may contact Douglas Hardy with Bureau of Development Services at 503-823-7816, or Douglas.Hardy@portlandoregon.gov.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/18/14

1) Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt (4/19)

2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

3) Transportation Planning Town Halls (4/24 & 5/1)

4) Neighborhoods Clean-up (4/26)

5) Aging in Place – Villages Presentation (4/26)

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1) Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt (4/19)

Bring your raincoat and basket to Overlook House tomorrow, because the Easter Bunny will visit whether it’s sunny or showery. He’s leaving hundreds of eggs filled with treats for you to discover. Find a shiny Golden Egg and win a special prize!

What: Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt!

When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 am sharp

Where: Historic Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr.

This event is sponsored for Overlook children by the Friends of Overlook House. Free, with contributions gratefully accepted.

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2) Beach School Campus Cleanup (4/26)

The annual April campus cleanups have arrived; pitch in and make your local school beautiful for the spring!

Beach School cleanup Saturday, April 26 from 10-12. Bring a tool you want to use and get a donut! Everyone is welcome.

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3) Transportation Planning Town Halls (4/24 & 5/1)

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will welcome the public and discuss transportation needs and funding options at the town hall events:

Thursday, April 24: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center , 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School , 5601 SE 50th Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments for the mayor and commissioner to consider as they explore ways to improve transportation funding.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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4) Neighborhoods Clean-up (4/26)

Saturday April 26th Overlook (OKNA) Paper Shredding

Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver

Time: 10am-2pm Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes

Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding

ALSO

Saturday April 26th, 10am-2pm

Parking lot at N Delaware and N Farragut (7654 N Delaware Ave)

Requested donation of $10/vehicle

Instead of taking bulky items (old couches, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood) to the dump, bring them just a few blocks from your house! Money raised at the clean-up will help pay for Arbor Lodge’s Movies in the Park, and trash cans to Denver Ave. We provide the dumpsters and volunteers to help you unload.

Items we accept: Household junk, reusable building materials, metal and tires, reusable clothing and furniture for free swap pile, styrofoam, rigid and peanuts, E-waste (anything with a cord or battery) but no fluids, fuels, or bio-hazards.

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5) Aging in Place – Villages Presentation (4/26)

Interested in aging in your own home? A Village is the answer.

Want to grow old in your own home & neighborhood supported by a caring community? Then, help us create a Village to serve North Portland!

Villages are networks of volunteer services and reduced-cost professional support that foster affordable, interdependent aging in community. They also feature programs to keep us engaged with others while we enjoy activities ranging from fitness groups to classes and social events.

Now is the time to build a North Portland Village so we can continue living in our own homes – as homeowners, renters, seniors sharing housing or living with relatives. We can benefit from more than a decade of experience from the 130+ villages that have formed nationwide. More than 150 Villages are in development across the states, including six here in the Portland metro area!

Come! Bring a neighbor or friend to learn more about the Portland metro-area Village Movement and how you can join the team planning a Village unique to North Portland residents.

Saturday, April 26 2 – 4 pm

St. Johns Library

N. Charleston St. in downtown St. Johns

For more information, email/call Patt Opdyke, North Portland coordinator, at northpdxvillage@comcast.net 503.978.0540 or visit VillagesNW at www.VillagesNW.org .

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/11/14

1) Beach School Campus Cleanups (4/12 & 4/26)
2) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting (4/15)
3) Speakeasy Roundtable (4/16)
4) Overlook House Egg Hunt (4/19) <-note correct date!
5) Portland residents prefer street fee? (4/16 – 5/1)
6) Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: April 9, 2014
7) Air quality update from the DEQ
8) Get Rid of Junk Spring Clean-up (4/26)
9) City Budget Forums (4/22, 5/15)
10) Intersection Repair Coming Up (5/31)
11) Dog-poop stings coming to Portland playgrounds (incl. Overlook)

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1) Beach School Campus Cleanups (4/12 & 4/26)

The annual April campus cleanups have arrived; pitch in and make your local school beautiful for the spring!

Beach School cleanup this Saturday from 10-12- bring a tool you want to use and get a donut! Everyone is welcome.

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2) OKNA Monthly General Membership Meeting (4/15)

The third Tuesday of the month, join your neighbors to catch up on the latest happenings in Overlook and find out how you can get involved.

Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00pm

Kaiser Town Hall Building, 3704 N Interstate Avenue

4/15/14 Proposed Agenda:
7:00pm: Introduction and ground rules
7:15pm: Safety Report (if applicable)
7:30pm: Lisa Wills, Emergency Preparedness
7:50pm: Committee Reports
8:15pm- Old & New Business
9:00pm- Close Meeting

Next month’s meeting will include news about upcoming development in Overlook; save the date: Tuesday, May 20.

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3) Speakeasy Roundtable (4/16)

It’s time again for another Speakeasy round table for Overlook business owners. It’s another opportunity to connect with a variety of business owners in the area to promote your business and to share advice. If you are planning to join please reply to let me know so that we can have a head count. Spread the word to other business owners in the neighborhood who might be interested in attending. It’s open to all businesses in the area

Meet at Pinkys, 3990 N Interstate Ave. at 6pm, Wednesday April 16.

Looking forward to seeing everyone! Brent Young, youngdesignstudio@gmail.com

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Neighbors, I typo’d last week. Please note the correct date for the Egg Hunt is Saturday, April 19.

4) Overlook House Egg Hunt (4/19)

Did you just see some bunny ears and a little white cottontail on the lawn at Overlook House? That means it’s almost time for the Egg-stravaganza – the annual Easter Egg Hunt for Overlook children 5 years and under! Bring your own basket and hunt for treat-filled eggs and tiny Easter treasures! A special prize awaits if you find one of the shiny Golden Eggs!

What: Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 am, sharp (rain or shine)

Where: Historic Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr

This event is sponsored for Overlook children by the Friends of Overlook House. Free, with contributions gratefully accepted.

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5) Portland residents prefer street fee? (4/16 – 5/1)

400 poll respondents may be responsible for you being charged up to $144 annually to pay for unnamed transportation improvements. Or street repair, we’re still not sure. If you have an opinion about this and were not one of the 800 people phone-polled, you can make your voice heard at a transportation funding town hall; there are several more coming up:

Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will welcome the public and discuss transportation needs and funding options at the town hall events:

Wednesday, April 16: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St .

Thursday, April 17: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

Thursday, April 24: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center , 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School , 5601 SE 50th Ave.

The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments for the mayor and commissioner to consider as they explore ways to improve transportation funding.

For more information, see the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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6) Overlook Sewer Project Construction Update: April 9, 2014

Killingsworth Street (Greeley to Interstate): Crews are connecting homes and businesses to the new main public sewer pipe between Concord and Interstate.

Final paving of Killingsworth between Greeley and Boston Avenues is scheduled for April 21.

There will be traffic disruptions when crews are working on Killingsworth Street. Drivers and bike riders using Killingsworth should observe traffic control signs, and avoid work zones where possible.

For more information, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/OverlookProject. To receive email updates for this project, send an email to Matt Gough at Matthew.Gough@portlandoregon.gov with “Overlook” in the subject line

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7) Air quality update from the DEQ

Learn about area monitoring to start in Fall 2014 and how you can contribute. https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B5Xyw9aPfLklQlhVRjJ6dDVuOTQ

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8) Get Rid of Junk Spring Clean-up (4/26)

Saturday April 26th Overlook (OKNA) Paper Shredding

Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver
Time: 10am-2pm Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes
Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding

ALSO

Arbor Lodge/Kenton Neighborhood Clean up
Saturday April 26th, 10am-2pm
Parking lot at N Delaware and N Farragut (7654 N Delaware Ave)
Requested donation of $10/vehicle

Instead of taking bulky items (old couches, mattresses, furniture, scrap wood) to the dump, bring them just a few blocks from your house! Money raised at the clean-up will help pay for Arbor Lodge’s Movies in the Park, and trash cans to Denver Ave. We provide the dumpsters and volunteers to help you unload.

Items we accept: Household junk, reusable building materials, metal and tires, reusable clothing and furniture for free swap pile, styrofoam, rigid and peanuts, E-waste (anything with a cord or battery) but no fluids, fuels, or bio-hazards.

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9) City Budget Forums (4/22, 5/15)

The City of Portland invites you to participate in upcoming budget-related events.

These meetings offer Portland residents the opportunity to share with City Council how they will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and to express which City services are most important to them. The opportunity to testify depends upon the number of people signed up and the time available. All locations are ADA accessible.

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Sarah Diffenderfer (sarah.diffenderfer@portlandoregon.gov), 503-823-6925.

Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
David Douglas High School, North Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97233

Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

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10) Intersection Repair Coming Up (5/31)

Save the Date!! Saturday, May 31, 9am-4pm
N. Concord Ave. and N. Failing St. 97227

Whoa!! Big Party at the Intersection! It’s time to give the Intersection a fresh coat of paint! We’ll be putting a brand spankin’ new coat of paint on the street mural and the planter boxes. There will be Food and Drink, Music, Booths about Bee-Friendly Gardening, Emergency Preparedness and more. And of course, neighbors of all ages painting! Let’s break the record of 180 helpers! 

Join us on the day! Bring a paintbrush (just in case we run short).

Join us in advance! Email sustainable@overlookneighborhood.org if you want to step forward to help with: paint table, pot luck, music, kid’s activities, or any other addition you think will add to the day!

Ken is bringing Kenny & Zuke’s famous pastrami, and we’re asking neighbors to bring a veggie dish to share. Our awesome Station 24 Firefighting crew will have rinsed the intersection, so we’ll get right to the painting! Come early, stay late – we’re going to have a good time… Join us!  

Sustainable Overlook: www.sustainableoverlook.org
sustainable@OverlookNeighborhood.org
www.facebook.com/SustainableOverlook

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11) Dog-poop stings coming to Portland playgrounds (incl. Overlook)

Be a good neighbor and scoop your dog’s poop!

Multnomah County intends to conduct clandestine poop-policing operations at select school playgrounds this May.

Targeted enforcement of leash and poop-scoop laws will be conducted at three Portland schools next month: Beach School, da Vinci Arts Middle School and Duniway Elementary, said Portland Public Schools spokeswoman Christine Miles.

Dog owners at those schools have been particularly delinquent in their duties, said Miles.

Beach Principal Rebecca Torres said Tuesday that parents at her school were sick and tired of owners who won’t curb their canines on the school’s playground and fields.

As part of a new push, Multnomah County Animal Services will conduct leash-law stings and write $150 tickets to violators starting in May. The city operates more than 30 off-leash parks where pouches can play and poop as they please, according to the city.

Portland issued 110 citations to dog owners violating leash laws since last year, Miles said.

http://www.kgw.com/news/Dog-poop-stings-coming-to-Portland-playgrounds-254422851.html

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 4/05/14

1) Spring Seed Swap!  (Tomorrow 4/6)
2) Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (4/9)
3) Water Forum Offered (4/10)
4) Transportation Funding Forums
(4/16-5/1)
5) “Get Ready For Anything” (4/23)
6) Overlook Neighborhood Cleanup (4/26)
7) Become an Active Transportation Ambassador (4/18)
8) Overlook House Egg Hunt (4/29)
9) Plan for Kindergarten (by 6/1)

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1) Spring Seed Swap! (Tomorrow 4/6)

Sunday, April 6 3-5 pm
6730 N. Wilbur Ave. 

Bring seeds to share and envelopes/containers. If you’re new to seed saving come to learn and get seeds to grow and share at future swaps. Everyone welcome! 

Sponsored by Sustainable Overlook and Pesticide-Free Arbor Lodge Park 

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2) Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (4/9)
You are invited to attend the Portland Harbor Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting

Wednesday, April 9, 2014
6-8pm
6543 N. Burlington Avenue (Portland BES Water Pollution Control Lab)

Portland Harbor CAG meetings are intended to keep the community informed of developments at the Portland Harbor Superfund Site and to provide a forum for discussion. CAG meetings are open to everyone. Contact the CAG Chair, Jim Robison, with questions jim@jimrobison.org

See new updates on EPA’s Portland Harbor webpage: www.epa.gov/region10/portlandharbor

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3) Water Forum Offered (4/10)

Thursday, April 10th, from 7-9pm, the Buckman Community Association will host an open forum on the Ballot Measure that would remove from City Council management the Water and Sewer (BES) services.  

The forum will be held at the Multnomah County Board Room, 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd.

Many Portlanders (ourselves included!) are relatively clueless about this measure and its potential impacts on water/sewer rates, but also the environment and related programs. 

At the forum you will:

-Find out about the measure from the initiative proponents..its purpose, what it creates and what we can expect. How it will aid ratepayers.

-Hear from the opponents why this is a bad idea and how it could negatively affect the city, its residents and the environment.  How it will hurt ratepayers.

-Get your questions answered.

The BCA remains neutral and is hosting the forum to create an opportunity for Portlanders to become informed about this serious proposal before the ballots arrive in April. 

All are welcome!!  We especially invite those from other inner eastside Portland neighborhood to come.  Refreshments will be served at the break.

If you have any “pre-questions” feel free to email me personally or the BCA Board as a whole:buckmanboard@googlegroup.com

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4) Transportation Funding Forums (4/16-5/1)
Need another reason to attend one of the upcoming Transportation Public Forums? The city is considering a fee of as much as $144 per address per year and they want to know where you want to spend the money. You should decide if they get it or not (but you may not get a say).
http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-31444-poll_shows_city_looking_at_%2412_a_home_street_fee_to_fund_transportation_bureau.html

Come to a town hall meeting on transportation funding; four scheduled: April 16 – May 1

We need your help to fix Portland Streets. The upcoming meetings will provide an opportunity to give input and learn more about funding mechanisms and potential maintenance and safety investments.

•Wednesday, April 16: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St.

•Thursday, April 17: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave.

•Thursday, April 24: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy

•Thursday, May 1: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Woodstock School, 5601 SE 50th Ave.

For more information and the opportunity to complete a Portland transportation funding online survey, please visit us at www.ourstreetspdx.com. You can also join the conversation on Twitter by following @PBOTInfo and using the tag #OurStreetsPDX. This is our second series of town halls on transportation funding. To get caught up on the first round, visit our Community Voices page.

If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 or mark.lear@portlandoregon.gov.

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5) “Get Ready For Anything” (4/23)

Free disaster preparedness workshops in April & May 26 Mar
SE Portland is offering a series of free workshops called “Get Ready For Anything” in April & May. These are open to anyone interested in being prepared for a disaster. (Hopefully that includes everyone!) View the full schedule here: http://getreadysepdx.wordpress.com/the-workshops/
By the way, a great way to get prepared AND help your neighbors is to join your Neighborhood Emergency Team! The City offers free training several times per year. The next training cohort begins Wed. 4/23, 6-9pm, and continues every Wed. evening until early June. Click here to learn more and submit an application:

http://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/58587
Volunteers are needed in every neighborhood, so please take a look!

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6) Overlook Neighborhood Cleanup (4/26)

Please spread the word to your neighbors and volunteer for your local cleanup. Together we’ll help keep our neighborhoods clean and safe!

Saturday April 26th
Overlook (OKNA) Location: Bethel Lutheran Church – 5658 N Denver
Time: 10am-2pm Free: limit of 2 grocery bags or copy paper boxes
Materials Accepted: Secure Document Shredding
Contact: Alan Cranna (503) 285-7944 ascran3@hotmail.com

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7) Become an Active Transportation Ambassador (4/18)

The City of Portland Active Transportation Division is looking for volunteers. This is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with the Active Transportation staff to reach out to Portland residents assisting with guided walks and bike rides; providing outreach at community events such as street fairs and farmers markets; doing office work; and distributing materials.

Ambassadors are amazing volunteers who represent the Bureau of Transportation and present information to encourage pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers and transit riders to travel safely together. There are many different volunteer opportunities to choose from. As part of our SmartTrips program, Ambassadors will assist on guided Ten Toes walks and Portland By Cycle rides and bike clinics. Through the Safe Routes to School program Ambassadors help with helmet fittings and wrenching on bikes. We also have opportunities for Ambassadors to help table at events throughout the city and provide information to the public. By being an Ambassador you will have a great time while seeing some of Portland’s beautiful neighborhoods.

There is a two-hour training on Wednesday, May 7th from 6-8 PM at the Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave., to prepare Ambassadors for the 2014 season. Light refreshments will be provided. If you are interested in becoming an Ambassador, please fill out an application by Friday, April 18th. If you would like more information please contact Sarah.Goforth@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-9863.
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8) Overlook House Egg Hunt (4/29)

Hippity hop down the bunny trail and discover what the Easter Bunny left behind! Children (ages 1-5) bring your basket and hunt for filled eggs and little Easter treasures! Shiny Golden Eggs hold the key to a special prize!

What: Overlook House Easter Egg Hunt
When: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 10:30 am sharp

Where: Historic Overlook House, 3839 N Melrose Dr.

This event is sponsored for Overlook children by the Friends of Overlook House. Free, with contributions gratefully accepted.

9) Plan for Kindergarten (by 6/1)

5 years old by September? Sign up for school by June 1st!

If your child will be 5 years old by September 1st, he or she is ready to start school! Register at your school by June 1st to give your child a good start, connect to summer activities, and get access for free resources. School offices close for the summer, so don’t wait! When you register by June 1st, you have time to get to know your school and your teacher, and they have time to prepare the classroom for your child. To identify your school or get help with other childhood issues, call 2-1-1 or e-mail children@211info.org. Interpretation is available.

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 3/28/14

1) Spring Seed Swap!
2) Liquor License Application (deadline 4/19)
3) Metro Public comment period March 21 to May 5
4) Nature Programs around the City

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1) Spring Seed Swap!

Sunday, April 6 3-5 pm
6730 N. Wilbur Ave. 

Bring seeds to share and envelopes/containers. If you’re new to seed saving come to learn and get seeds to grow and share at future swaps. Everyone welcome! 

Sponsored by Sustainable Overlook and Pesticide-Free Arbor Lodge Park 

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2) Liquor License Application (deadline 4/19)

The following Liquor Licenses applications were received for consideration by the City of Portland this week. Please follow this link to see the applications in their entirety:

http://www.portlandonline.com/oni/index.cfm?c=61884&

Overlook: Business Name: BLEND COFFEE, 2710-A N KILLINGSWORTH
Type of License: AP/OPS
Comments Due: 4/19/2014

Blend owner Matt Lagasse’ told us the reason for the application by email:
We are beginning evening wine tasting events at Blend and we want the ability to sell customers a sealed bottle of wine to take home if they choose.  Currently, our license only allows for us to serve by the glass at Blend.

If you wish to comment please contact:
Theresa Marchetti
1221 SW 4th Ave Ste 110 , Portland OR 97204
theresa.marchetti@portlandoregon.gov

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3) Metro Public comment period March 21 to May 5

Your voice is important: Public comment period March 21 to May 5.
The choices we make today about how we live, work and get around will determine the future of the region for generations to come.

There’s a reason our region has remained such a great place to live – decades of careful planning have preserved neighborhoods, supported our economy and protected the farms, forestland and natural areas that help create the unique sense of place and quality of life for which the region is known. Because good planning is an ongoing process, Metro is seeking your input on how you live, work and get around the region today and what changes you would like to see in the future.

Visit www.makeagreatplace.org Friday, March 21 through Monday, May 5 to take a short survey to inform the plans below. You can also give more detailed feedback on the plans and programs that will shape our region for the next 25 years.

Information that you provide will inform:

-2014 Regional Transportation Plan
-Regional Active Transportation Plan
-2015-18 Metropolitan Improvement Program
-Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Project

Join us at a community forum:
5:30 open house
6:00 Metro Councilor welcome
6:20 discussion tables
7:30 adjourn

April 3, Madison High School library 2735 NE 82nd Ave, Portland
April 9, Oak Lodge Sanitary District Building 14611 SE River Road, Milwaukie
April 17, Beaverton Library, Cathy Stanton Conference Room 12375 SW 5th St, Beaverton

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4) Nature Programs around the City

Hello Neighbors!

Portland Parks Environmental Education offers nature classes and summer day camps that help connect children & youth to their parks & natural areas through ecology, games, crafts, stories, exploration & play. We are always eager to spread the word and get new families involved!

Environmental Ed Website: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/ee

Early Childhood Programs: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/natpreschool

Summer Nature Day Camp Program: www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/ndc

EE Facebook Site: www.facebook.com/PortlandParksEnvironmentalEducation

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OKNA Overlook Neighborhood Email 3/21/14

1) Portland Aerial Tram Tours
2) More OurStreets Open Houses Scheduled – Your Input Needed
3) Liquor License Application (deadline 4/4)
4) From the OKNA Facebook Page
5) Budget Forums – Your Chance for Input
6) Eggstravaganza at Overlook House (4/19)

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1) Portland Aerial Tram Tours

Staycationing for Spring Break? Consider taking the family for a tour of the control and motor rooms of the Portland Aerial Tram on March 25-27 from 2-4pm. There will also be a kids day with activites on Saturday, March 29 from noon to 3pm. Learn more about the tram and these events at www.gobytram.com.

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2) More OurStreets Open Houses Scheduled – Your Input Needed

As promised, a second round of open houses have been scheduled to discuss how the City can provide more funding for transportation needs. These meetings will provide an opportunity to give input and learn more about funding mechanisms and potential maintenance and safety investments. For more information and for details on the open houses, visit www.ourstreetspdx.com.

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3) Liquor License Application (deadline 4/4)

Untapped LLC, 1450 N. Prescott St #3.

The OLCC has received an application for an Limited On-Premises and Off-Premises licenses in your community. These two licenses would allow a licensee to sell and serve wine, cider and malt beverages for consumption on the premises, as well as in sealed containers for consumption off the premises. The legal hours to sell alcohol in the state of Oregon are 7:00AM to 2:30AM daily.

The applicant proposes to operate from 11 AM to 9 PM, Sunday through Wed., and from 11 AM to 10 PM, Thursday through Saturday.

If your organization wishes to provide the Commission with factual information concerning whether there is a basis to grant or deny this license under the OLCC’s licensing standards, please write me at the following address:

OLCC
Eric Hildebrand, License Investigator
P.O. Box 22297
Milwaukie, OR 97269-2297

If you have any questions, please call me at (503) 872-5197. Please respond to this letter within 14 days of this letter’s date so that we can process this application in a timely manner. We will share your information with the applicant, make it a part of the public record and consider it when making a final decision.

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4) From the OKNA Facebook Page

You can have these updates delivered to your news feed, too.. find us at www.facebook.com/OKNAinPDX

- March is Oregon Earthquake and Tsunami Awareness Month and state officials are asking residents to plan ahead for a possible disaster. Tips for preparing: http://www.oregongeology.org/sub/emergencykit.htm

- New Online Community Group: Hey do you play an instrument or sing, dance, write, tell jokes, do improv, or anything else someone might be compelled to watch? If so join this group! Maybe you could buy or sell something related to performing arts too, like those dusty ol’ tap shoes. Join here: www.facebook.com/groups/387627421374733/

- A new development in St Johns is seeking a local muralist: http://portland.craigslist.org/mlt/crg/4384054816.html

- Neighbor Nancy asks: When is the neighborhood garage sale scheduled this summer?
The Overlook Yard Sale & Free Share is coming on Saturday, July 19 & Sunday July 20 10AM – 4PM. Organized by Sustainable Overlook, this 4th-annual event needs little introduction. Over 50 households participate each year to offer unwanted home items for sale on Saturday. Then on Sunday, participating neighbors set out by the curb any items they’re happy to give away to neighbors.

-Sustainable Overlook’s Spring Seed Swap is coming! Sunday, April 6, 2014 from 3-5 pm, 6730 N Wilbur Ave – Sponsored by Pesticide-Free Arbor Lodge Park and Sustainable Overlook.

- The North Portland Tool Library is looking for Tool Gleaners: Wanted!! Gleaners!! Are you a treasure hunter at heart!? Do you have 2 Saturdays you can devote to helping NPTL!? We are part of a pilot program aimed at gleaning tools out of a the neighborhood cleanups! We have 2 dates, one in April and one in May that we need at least 1 or 2 people for each event. If you love a good treasure hunt then please email me at NOPOtool_Library@yahoo.com or come on by the tool library this weekend after 11 and we can talk details! Hope to hear or see you soon!

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5) Budget Forums – Your Chance for Input

The City of Portland invites you to participate in the four upcoming budget-related events.

Community Budget Forum
Wednesday, April 9th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus
Performing Arts Center
12000 SW 49th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97219

Community Budget Forum
Tuesday, April 22nd, 6:30pm-8:30pm
David Douglas High School, North Cafeteria
1001 SE 135th Ave
Portland, Oregon 97233

Budget Committee Public Hearing
Thursday, May 15th, 6:30pm-8:30pm
City Hall, Council Chambers
1221 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, Oregon 97204

City Utility Rate Review: The proposed combined rate increase of 4.92% will be explained in detail and the public will be invited to ask questions of City Commissioners and bureau staff.

Community Budget Forums and Budget Committee Public Hearing: these meetings will provide you with the opportunity to share with City Council how you will be impacted by the City’s budget decisions and express which City services are most important to Portland residents. The forums will be similar to a Council hearing, in which you can sign-up to testify before City Council.

For more information, please see these helpful links:

Get Involved in the City’s Budget Process
Learn About the City’s Budget Process
FY 2014-15 Requested Budgets
FY 2014-15 Budget Process Calendar
Other Budget Documents

For general questions about the forums or accommodations, please contact Sarah Diffenderfer (sarah.diffenderfer@portlandoregon.gov), 503-823-6925.

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6) Eggstravaganza at Overlook House (4/19)

Get your bunny ears on! In just four short weeks it will be time for the children’s Easter Egg Hunt at Overlook House. Bring your basket and search for tiny treasures and tasty treats inside hundreds of colorful eggs. Find a precious Golden Egg and win a special prize!

Be there by 10:30 sharp on Saturday, April 19th to join your friends for a favorite Overlook spring neighborhood event!

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